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The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right the First Time / Edition 1
     

The Elements of an Effective Dissertation and Thesis: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right the First Time / Edition 1

by Raymond L. Calabrese
 

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ISBN-10: 1578863511

ISBN-13: 9781578863518

Pub. Date: 03/10/2006

Publisher: R&L Education

Here is a student guide to writing an effective doctoral dissertation or a master's thesis. This book disaggregates the elements of the dissertation and provides the student with a description, definition, and example of each dissertation element. The author presents multiple viewpoints that include both quantitative and qualitative approaches. When using this book,

Overview

Here is a student guide to writing an effective doctoral dissertation or a master's thesis. This book disaggregates the elements of the dissertation and provides the student with a description, definition, and example of each dissertation element. The author presents multiple viewpoints that include both quantitative and qualitative approaches. When using this book, the student, based on departmental norms, will understand what belongs in the dissertation and thesis and where it belongs. The elements are presented in a traditional five-chapter format for ease of use and not for indicating a preferred format for the dissertation. There are over 100 examples of completed dissertations from well-known universities and colleges. This book allows the student to concentrate on what makes sense and what is important to completing his or her research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578863518
Publisher:
R&L Education
Publication date:
03/10/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
148
Sales rank:
1,162,701
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Preface: How to Use This Bookix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Dissertation Titlexv
Dissertation Abstractxvii
1Introduction and Rationale1
Introduction1
Background to the Study3
Problem Statement3
Purpose of the Study5
Significance of the Study6
Overview of Methodology8
Research Questions9
Research Hypotheses10
Objectives and Outcomes11
Limitations12
Delimitations13
Assumptions14
Definition of Key Terms15
Organization of the Dissertation16
2Review of Literature19
Introduction to the Literature Review20
Body of the Literature Review22
Competing Perspectives23
Conceptual Framework24
Theoretical Framework25
Synthesis of the Research27
Critical Analysis27
Conclusion of the Literature Review28
Other Important Terms and Issues29
Theory29
Scholarly Publications30
Relevant Research30
Criteria for Selection of Research Included in a Literature Review32
Organizing the Literature Research Search36
3Methods37
Introduction37
Research Perspective39
Research Design40
Research Questions and Hypotheses41
Subject, Participants, Population, and Sample43
Unit of Analysis46
Research Variables47
Research Instrument48
Pilot Study50
Data Collection Procedures51
Data Collection and Statistical Analysis53
Setting and Environment55
Bias and Error57
Validity58
Trustworthiness59
Reliability61
Summary63
4Results65
Introduction66
Organizing the Results Chapter67
Methodology Summary71
Population, Sample, and Participants73
Results73
Summary of Results75
Summary and Transition to Chapter 577
5Interpretation and Recommendations79
Introduction80
Summary of Results82
Discussion of Results83
Summary Statement85
Implications for Further Research87
Implications for Practice and Recommendations88
Relationship of Results to Theory91
Limitations92
Summary and Conclusion94
AppendixAdvice on References and Plagiarism97
References101
About the Author123

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